The Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh, Robert Duncan, has dipped his hand. He is planning to lead his diocese out of the Episcopal Church. The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church has already expressed that she won’t stand for it:
I clipped the follwing from Schori’s letter to the Episcopal bishop of Pittsburg:
If your course does not change, I shall regrettably be compelled to see that appropriate canonical steps are promptly taken to consider whether you have abandoned the Communion of this Church — by actions and substantive statements, however they may be phrased — and whether you have committed canonical offences that warrant disciplinary action.
It grieves me that any bishop of this Church would seek to lead any of its members out of it. I would remind you of my open offer of an Episcopal Visitor if you wish to receive pastoral care from another bishop. I continue to pray for reconciliation of this situation, and I remain
Your servant in Christ,
Katharine Jefferts Schori
She is clearly preparing to pursue “disciplinary action” against Duncan.
Honestly, I sympathize with Bishop Duncan and his flock, but to where shall he lead his clergy and laity? It doesn’t seem that the Archbishop of Canterbury is going to be much help to American Anglicans. Sadly, things can only crumble into smaller pebbles.